WE ACT: Closing the Gap: A Teach-in on Environmental and Climate Justice

Participants in the middle of an exercise

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. As a result of our ongoing work to educate and mobilize the more than 630,000 residents of Northern Manhattan on environmental issues affecting their quality of life, WE ACT has become a leader in the nationwide movement for environmental justice, influencing the creation of federal, state and local policies affecting the environment. In 2011, WE ACT for Environmental Justice opened a D.C. office which focuses on ensuring climate and environmental justice at a federal and state policy level.

Desired outcomes:

Engage a diverse pool of stakeholders around the work of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change

Introduce a brief definition/history of environmental justice

Express the significance of the 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice (Executive Order 12898)

Spotlight local organizing around climate justice and highlight the Close the Campaign

Discuss the lack of environmental and climate justice in the President’s Climate Action Plan

Diverse attendees to strategize solutions around climate issues in D.C. area and in regards to federal policy

For more information about WE ACT, visit http://www.weact.org

For more information about the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum of Climate Change, visit http://www.ejleadershipforum.org/

Twitter: @weact4ej
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weactforej

For any questions, contact Dr. Jalonne White – Newsome at jalonne@weact.org or call (202) 495-3036.

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